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Welcome to the new home of Sky Diary!

Chris Kridler’s storm chasing site is here, with photos, chase reports, kids’ pages and more

You’ve landed in the middle of a transformation. Sky Diary’s new home is here on my official site, (the main menu is above in case you’re looking for the Chris Kridler home page, author services, books and more). I started chasing storms in 1997 and soon after that developed a website, first on America Online and then on the web. After building Sky Diary for more than twenty years in HTML, it became a bit creaky. I’m in the process of capturing the best of Sky Diary and transferring it to this site for a more reader-friendly experience. Old pages at will forward to the new ones as appropriate. Much of the content is here already, though the old galleries with storm-chasing reports will linger a little longer as I save some of the best material and put it in my blog. You can already find blog posts and an index of storm chasing reports from recent years (continually updated as I add more of the archives). Stay tuned for more updates to this page.

Storm Chasing 2021

Cow is our loyal companion on the road.

Ready to hit the road? After a hiatus thanks to the pandemic, I’m making plans to head for the Plains for storm chasing this spring with fellow author Alethea Kontis. Follow our adventures here and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (please subscribe!).



The kids’ storm pages are live!

NOW ONLINE AND UPDATED: KIDSTORM! These pages are chock-full of facts about tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and storm chasing – interesting information for kids and grown-ups, too. Go!

Recent posts on skies and storm chasing

28 April 2021: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on a windy night

On Florida’s Space Coast, we like to say rockets get out of here in a hurry. This GoPro “nightlapse” timelapse makes the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 with Starlink satellites on April 28, 2021, appear to be REALLY fast. In retrospect, it would’ve been nice if the trees weren’t in the way, but the challenge of launch photography is knowing where the rocket …

7 April 2021: SpaceX rocket launch from Cape Canaveral makes the mullets jump

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral at 12:34 p.m. today with more Starlink communications satellites aboard. I got a nice view from fairly close, though I used a GoPro to shoot a wide-angle video. It’s fun to see the mullets jumping out of the water as the roar rolls over the Banana River. Eventually many thousands of Starlink satellites in low-earth …

2 April 2021: Video of wonderful wind and waves on the lagoon

Whew! What a wild, wonderful, windy morning it was on the Indian River Lagoon today! With winds topping 30 mph, there were actually whitecaps on the waves, a rare occurrence around here. The cool weather was also welcome, as I expect we’ll soon get into the summer heat, with no escape in sight for months. The brisk weather was somehow soothing, and I shot …

10 February 2021: Sun halos in central Florida

I’ve seen an occasional sun halo here in east-central Florida, and I’ve also seen sun dogs. But I’ve never seen a halo of the complexity I witnessed the afternoon of February 10 in Rockledge. My best shot of the phenomenon was my first, with my phone. I got my “real” camera a little late to capture it when it was at its best. But …



Some of my favorite chases

Chase 2016: Incredible 20th year

My Tornado Alley chase was incredible in 2016, with many tornadoes and photogenic storms. 

2004: Attica, Kansas, tornadoes

May 12, 2004, Attica, Kansas, tornadoes



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Cocoa, Florida, lightning by Chris Kridler
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